Extant ENV in Sydney's Growth Centres
NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) require annual reporting of "Extant Native Vegetation" (ENV) in Sydney's Growth Centres as part of the Biodiversity Certification Order in the Growth Centres SEPP. Emma applied a Normalised Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) to Wordview-2 imagery of the study area to identify existing vegetation. As the definition of "ENV" requires canopy to be present, LiDAR data sourced from Geoscience Australia was used to create a Canopy Height Model to delineate canopy from shrub and ground cover layers.
Rapid Assessment Method for Roadside Vegetion
Local Government NSW (LGNSW) engaged EMAP Consulting to undertake a review of rapid assessment techniques for roadside vegetation, and prepare a package of information to be distributed to Councils on the adopted Rapid Assessment Method (RAM) technique, use of an app for field data collection, and REF templates for assessmeng environmental impact of proposed activities within roadside reserves.